Leota E. Altum, 78, of Newton, passed away Thursday (Nov. 27, 2008) at Sedgwick Healthcare Center.

Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Broadway Colonial Funeral Home in Newton.


Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home chapel, with Chaplain Denny Bell officiating.


Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery.


Leota E. Altum, 78, of Newton, passed away Thursday (Nov. 27, 2008) at Sedgwick Healthcare Center.

Leota was born Aug. 3, 1930, in Agra, the daughter of Clarence Earl and Jessie Lula (Minium) Reid.

She was employed with Axtell Hospital for 23 years as a food services supervisor and later retired from Bethel Hospital after the merger.

Leota was an avid bingo player and enjoyed dancing. She enjoyed cooking when her family would get together, and she had made quilts for her entire family.

She married Don E. Altum on June 22, 1956, in Lyndon. He preceded her in death in 1991.

She is survived by her children, Edward Lee Altum, Wesley Dean Altum, Jody Lynn Altum, Donnitta Ray Warren, William Dearl Altum and Thomas Eldon Altum, all of the Newton area; 15 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren; sisters, Nancy Marie Keezer of Nebraska; Verlamae Janece Kostelecky of Newton and Caroline Irene Thomas of Nebraska; and a brother, Basil Wayne Reid of Florida.

She also was preceded in death by her son, Lewis Glen Altum in 1979; brother, Cecil Marvin Reid; and her parents.

Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Broadway Colonial Funeral Home in Newton.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home chapel, with Chaplain Denny Bell officiating.

Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Judes Hospital or the Good Shepherd Hospice and may be left in care of the funeral home.

Condolences to the family may be left online at www.broadwaycolonialfh.com.